The classic Hotel Alisios puts you in a great spot, just steps from the beach and only a short walk from Albufeira.
Sea views are part of the deal at this hotel. It occupies a spot on the edge of a small cliff, with a stretch of golden sand directly beneath. You can walk to Albufeira’s cobbled Old Town in less than 10 minutes.
The hotel’s doors open up to elegant interiors. The marble-floored lobby features high-backed chairs placed around vintage rugs. It’s a similar story in the rooms, where fawn-coloured fabrics are paired with dark-wood furniture.
Lovely hotel, wonderfully relaxing and great location.
The hotel is all you would expect in a four star, plus more. The staff on reception couldn't be more helpful, we really felt the personal touch. With steps to the beach and a short stroll along the water's edge to the centre of Alberfoire with its stalls and shops, the hotel is in a fantastic location. The restaurant has a balcony overlooking the beach and it's worth requesting to have a table there (book ahead or wait for a table to become free) - it was quite heavenly at sunset ... and the food was delicious!
A word of caution ... we visited 'the strip' a road of entertainment and restaurants a mile away near Oura. The venues were seedy, dirty and disgusting and the locals made us feel they were watching our every move ... we wouldn't recommend!
As for the Alisios, we can't wait to go back.More
Daisy B, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Short Last Minute Sun Break
We stayed in the Alisios for 3 nights B&B having only booked last minute. We spent our 3 days relaxing on the decking overlooking the beach which was a perfect way to chill out. The breakfast had everything you need from hot food, cereals, yoghurts, pastries, lovely breads, cheese/cold meats and Nespresso coffees. The hotel is less than 10 min walk into the old town of Albufeira. The hotel staff are all very friendly and it was a lovely touch to be waived off outside by the staff when we were leaving. Would definitely return for another relaxing holiday!More
Karen G, County Cork, Ireland
Great hotel for couples!
As algarvae is full of families on vacation, and I am traveling with just my husband, I was really was looking for a place that was quiet, peaceful, and beautiful. And I found it here! The hotel is situated on a beautiful beach, which is very quiet right in front of our hotel. Easy to get chairs and relax. We got a sea view room, which I highly recommend. The staff are very friendly, even bringing the luggage from our car up to the room. There is a really nice restaurant at the hotel with a great view of the ocean. And a short 5 minute walk and your are in all the action of Albufeira with fun bars and restaurants. Great value at this hotel. Highly recommend.More
Mel C, New York City, New York
A very elegant hotel with a peaceful, child free, environment.
Thomson UK do not accept bookings here for under 16s which means there is a wonderfully peaceful, child free environment, at this rather elegant gem of a hotel. The fact that there is no outdoor pool here also enhances the very tranquil atmosphere around the two superbly maintained sunbathing areas. These areas are situated on either side of the restaurant/bar which is very convenient if you want a break for a drink or lunch. There is also a shower on this level if you need a rinse off or a cool down. The toilets are tucked away just to the left of the bar entrance on the hotel side.
I'd recommend the 4th and 5th floors for the best uninterrupted sea views as many of those on the 3rd floor have views obstructed by the aforementioned restaurant. The 1st and 2nd floors also have good sea views but some are obstructed by foliage or rocks. We had a 5th floor room which got the sun on the balcony all day whereas most of the other floors, whose balconies are inset, tend to lose the sun after a short while.
Our room(514) had a fairly large bathroom with a very powerful shower over the bath and convenient shower gel and shampoo dispensers fixed to the wall.
We didn't have to obtain a key for the fridge in our room as it was unlocked and available for use. In fact, the only slight drawback with the room, was its one small wardrobe, which also contained the safe and made it a struggle to store all your clothes. Housekeeping will store your suitcases, if you want the extra space, but personally I find it more handy to have them around to discard your worn stuff.
The safe was 1.40E a day with a 10.00E deposit and the beach towels were free but also with a 10.00E each deposit.
To walk to the Old Town, you turn left out of the front of the hotel and it's about 50 yards downhill, then about 2 or 3 hundred yards uphill ( not so steep as to put you off ) and you then arrive at the large, free public escalators that drop you gently down into the Old Town with no effort on your part. The missus and I are well into our sixties and had no trouble doing this on numerous occasions in about 10 minutes.Simples!
I would just mention here that the 1st cafe/bar to the right as you get off the escalators do a very nice English breakfast.
Whilst on the subject of breakfast, the fare on offer at the hotel is the usual Continental mix (see previous reviews ) with the added benefit for we hot food preferers of scrambled egg, bacon and baked beans, all washed down with tea or coffee that you obtain from dispensers. You also have to find your own table, so it's probably best to arm yourself with orange juice, or something, so that you can stake your claim while you forage for breakfast.
As there is a vast number of Portuguese and international restaurants in Albufeira, we only dined in the hotel's restaurant 3 times and each occasion was a delight with very good food and great service. I found all the staff to be very friendly and efficient with Reception particularly good with their help and advice. If you get reception to call you a cab it arrives within minutes and the fare to the Old Town or Strip is only 3 to 4 Euros. I think Regina, the hotel's owner, runs a very tight ship and the whole place is immaculately clean from top to bottom.
I haven't mentioned the beach as yet and this is reached via 42 steps from the hotel, so if you're not very mobile this may be too inconvenient. To access the steps you have to use your room card key to open a door and while this is simple on the way out, it's slightly more tricky on the way back as you have to reach through to work it from the other side of the wall so have a few practice tries and you won't have a problem. The sand gets very hot ,so wear something on your feet.
The sunbeds on the beach are not owned by the hotel and the lifeguards come round and collect the fee, which at time of writing, was 12Euros for 2 beds and a parasol.
To finish, I highly recommend this superb hotel as an adult friendly getaway.
All the best on your travels,
Peter and Rosalind.More
pjrmw, London, United Kingdom
Wonderful hotel in a perfect location
It's a struggle to find anything negtive to say about the Alisios. The room was modern and light with free air con and wifi and a nice balcony with really comfy chairs. The bathroom was very modern with a lovely big shower and was well-stocked with shampoo & shower gel ( so no need to bring your own) and there was a separate little walk-in wardrobe, as a nice fruit bowl and water for arrival. It was spotlessly clean and very well kept. There are 2 large bookcases on the 4th floor where everyone leaves their books so agan you don't need to bring many. The staff throughout the hotel were friendly and welcoming - you couldn't fault them. Breakfast is plentiful with a good selection of cerals, fruit, bread, cakes, cold meats & cheese as well as eggs etc. You can have beach towels from reception for a 10 euro deposit and the hotel has it's own beach access via steps down to the beach - 12 euros for loungers and a parasol per day. In terms of location it's 10-15 minutes into the Old Town. The Alisios wouldn't be suitable for anyone ith significant mobility problems as it's on a hill and you also have to walk uphill a bit to get to the Old Town. Our only negative here relates to food - we ate in restaurant on our first night and were appalled to discover that we were charged 6 euros for 4 pieces of bread, 5 olives and some butter - most of the restaurants present you with a bread basket/cheese/butter/sardine pate but check the price and don't be afraid to say no if you don't want it.More